EL PASO, TX (April 17, 2011) -- Going into the final round of the Senior Four Ball Championship, nine different teams were within three shots of the lead. The SCAGA Tournament Committee was bracing for perhaps a long and multiple team playoff, when three early teams all finished at 143 (-1) for the championship. However, Lee Sanchez and Richard Alarid then posted a 142 (-2) taking advantage of a fantastic birdie by Alarid on the 35th hole of the championship. It was looking like Sanchez and Alarid would take home their second title in three years. However the duo of Mike Quinlan and Brint Clay, both of Albuquerque, put together front and back nine 35s to post the low round of the day and claim the championship.
This is already the second title for Mike Quinlan in the short SCAGA Championship season. Quinlan finished as the Senior Champion of the SCAGA Spring Stroke Play Championship last month at Picacho Hills in Las Cruces. This victory will place Quinlan firmly atop the Inn of the Mountain Gods Senior Player of the Year points list heading into next month's SCAGA Four Ball Championship. His partner Brint Clay quipped after the round, "I don't know how many more times I will be able to do this" before thanking the Championship committee. Clay entered the championship as one of the "most experienced" participants having turned 64 in November.
"He may not hit it long, but no one in the Sun Country Section has better tempo than Brint Clay," said SCAGA Executive Director Matt Williams. "I have been lucky enough to play with Brint on several occassions and when he gets his putter going, he is still one of the best Senior players in the region."
In the Net Flights, longtime partners David Mahan and Jay Turner, teamed up to win the First Flight. The two will once again pair up for the SCAGA Four Ball Championship.
In the Second net flight, Aaron Garcia and Steve Weigt bested the field to take first place.
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